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Don't think too hard about brain injury support: Know where to go

Have you ever noticed there are days when you seem to have all your ducks in a row and everything seems to fall into place to bring your plans to fruition? (We'd all like to experience more of those days, right?) On the other hand, sometimes, no matter what you do, you just can't seem to get a handle on things, or worse, you've got your own act together but someone's negligence unexpectedly throws everything out of whack and turns a pleasant day into tragedy.

This happens so often when those distracted behind their wheels collide with other vehicles. You know the ones: drunk drivers, texting drivers, speeding drivers, etc. No matter how cautious and alert you might be, there's not much you can do about another person's negligent behavior. Collisions involving distracted drivers often result in catastrophic bodily harm. However, symptoms are not always immediately apparent.

Learn how to recognize the signs

Any external mechanical force that causes your brain to malfunction is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). No two situations are exactly the same; although, there are certain red flag signals that may suggest a brain injury that should not be ignored. If you notice any of the following in yourself or a loved one after a motor vehicle collision, you may want to seek immediate medical attention:

  • Confusion or dizziness: Not every brain injury results in unconsciousness. If you're in a car accident and begin to feel dazed or confused in the near aftermath, or even weeks later, you may want to discuss the issue with a licensed medical physician.
  • Tiredness: Can't keep your eyes open? It might not be as simple as you've worked long hours and are sleepy. If you were recently injured in a car crash, you might have a traumatic brain injury.
  • Stomach flu symptoms: Any symptoms of nausea or vomiting following a car accident are an urgent sign to seek immediate medical assistance.
  • Can't sleep: Contrary to drowsiness, lack of ability to get good sleep is also a signal that you may have suffered a brain injury.
  • Seizures or other cognitive symptoms: If you suffer convulsions, seizures, vision impairment or slurred speech after a car accident, it is very possible you have a severe brain injury.

Hopefully, if you do have a brain injury, appropriate medical care and time will help you achieve a full recovery. Sadly, that's not always the case, especially where traumatic brain injuries caused by impacts in motor vehicle collisions are concerned. Such injuries often result in partial or full permanent disability. In fact, many TBI victims spend the rest of their lives completely dependent on others for basic daily living functions. This is why many recovering victims or those acting on behalf of accident victims often pursue compensation for damages in court.

The care associated with TBI is quite expensive; this and other costs associated with a particular incident may cause undue financial hardship from which it is difficult to rebound. If you're wondering whether filing a personal injury claim is a viable option in your situation, you can discuss the issue with a Connecticut attorney experienced in TBI cases.

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